These have been unveiled simply final month and it’s uncommon to see Amazon low cost new branded merchandise. On the similar time, they’re considerably improved from earlier than. Amazon refreshed the Fireplace HD design with smaller (although nonetheless not small) bezels, a thinner profile, quicker 2GHz quad-core MediaTek 8168 chips, USB-C charging and as much as 12 hours of battery life.
The Fireplace HD Plus provides 3GB of RAM (somewhat than 2GB on the common Fireplace HD mannequin), quicker wired charging and wi-fi charging through an non-compulsory dock. The bundle with the wi-fi charging dock doesn’t look like discounted, nonetheless.
These are strong tablets for the value, being excellent as Alexa units, Kindle readers and Netflix/Prime Video leisure machines. The draw back (and it’s a large one) is that the Fireplace HD tablets don’t include Google’s Play Retailer or Google apps. Which means you’re caught as an alternative with Amazon’s AppStore and generic substitutes for apps like Gmail, although you’ll be able to nonetheless get Play in the event you’re not afraid of sideloading it. In any case, the Fireplace HD tablets are solely on sale right now, so in the event you’ve been getting one for a member of the family or your self, now’s the time to behave.